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  Scientology Encyclopedia Article @ HigherPower.org (Higher Power)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Scientology is a new religious movement based on a system of beliefs, teachings, practices, and rituals that originated as a philosophy in 1952 by science fiction author.
According to Scientology, the lower the person is on the tone scale, the more complex and convoluted his or her day-to-day problems tend to be, and the more care and judgment should be exercised regarding communication and interchange with the individual.
Scientology is considered a religion in the United States, Thailand, Taiwan, Spain, and Australia, and thus enjoys and regularly cites the constitutional protections afforded in both nations to religious practice (First Amendment to the United States Constitution; Australian Constitution, s 116).
higherpower.org /encyclopedia/Scientology   (5181 words)

 German Scientology News in Sweden
That means that Scientology is one of the groups which represent a danger to "public order" and "human dignity." Months ago, Vivien had classified Scientology, in a newspaper interview, as a "totalitarian" and "extremely dangerous" sect.
A Scientology spokesman explained that "the recognition as a denominational congregation was not a real acknowledgment, instead the new law was being used to declare groups second-class religions." Scientology withdrew its application since then.
Gabriela Arm of the "Scientology Church Zurich" said she hoped that this "is an initial spark for Europe." The sect commissioner of the reformed Aargau State Church, Frank Worbs, critically assessed the Scientology's public, legal acknowledgment.
www.lermanet.com /cisar/survey/wp.htm#trn0440   (3736 words)

 What exactly is Scientology?
Scientology does not formally claim to adore Hubbard, but in practice he is idolized as the savior.
Scientology has a distinct theological basis that is at variance with nearly all other religions on one point or another, so it cannot be said that it is compatible with other religions.
People may be brought into scientology because they are convinced by enthusiastic family, friends, or acquaintances already in Scientology to try it; or because they become convinced that scientology can help them with some aspect of their life.
www.holysmoke.org /dp000/144.htm   (1067 words)

 Martin Ottmann Affidavit in Support of a Citizen Complaint - December 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
In 1993 the discussions between Scientology and the IRS about the tax status of the various organizations were still going on, and on August 18th and 19th all the American Scientology corporations submitted new applications for tax-exemptions to the National Office of the IRS, including RTC [Exh.
The tax-exemption meant a huge propaganda victory for Scientology inside the United States, but the Scientologists were determined to exploit it for all their foreign organizations too, as they had to face the same scrutiny by their respective governments and tax authorities as the American organizations had in the past.
Scientology has come under increasing scrutiny by both federal and state officials who contend that it is not a religion but an economic enterprise.
www.whyaretheydead.net /krasel/ottman_html/11.htm?FACTNet   (3855 words)

 Marburg Journal of Religion (January 2001) Brigitte SCHÖN
The frame Scientology presents for the events in Germany is one of religious persecution directly analogous to the Nazi persecution of Jews during the Third Reich.
Given Scientology's negative attitude towards journalists in general and its rather high degree of deviance from the mainstream, journalists can hardly be expected to regard it in a familiar and supportive manner or to see it as culturally accommodated.
As Scientology is perceived to be attacking the very social consensus of the welfare state, public pressure to act is enormous, but as long as Scientology is regarded to be a religion or Weltanschauung, politicians hardly have any means to act.
web.uni-marburg.de /religionswissenschaft/journal/mjr/schoen.html   (10011 words)

 Questions and Answers
This means that when criticism against Scientology is levied in a truthful and honest manner, and when it does not promote measures that endangers the civil liberties of everybody, I have no problem with it whatsoever.
Little do they realize, however, that the critical material towards Scientology I host on my web site is often much MORE potent at making Scientologists doubt their involvement than what is to be found on the "best" critical sites, and this for two main reasons.
I do not mock Scientology beliefs or disparage Scientologists as "clams", and I do not "analyze" their beliefs by providing a totally distorted rendition of what these are.
bernie.cncfamily.com /sc/site.htm   (2738 words)

 Open Directory - Society: Religion and Spirituality: Scientology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The Aberree - A homegrown, strictly unofficial newsletter that billed itself as "the non-serious voice of Scientology." Grassroots perspective on Dianetics and Scientology in the 1950s and 60s.
Another Look at Scientology - A former member takes a critical look at both sides of the Scientology controversy.
The Creed of the Church of Scientology - Core beliefs, including Scientologist views on mental health and freedom of speech.
dmoz.org /Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Scientology   (330 words)

 Scientology comes to town   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Scientology, which has been embraced by such high-profile celebs as John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, got a toehold in the region in 1992, when Richard and Sharon Evans, both 51, started a small mission.
Lately, Scientology members have been setting up tables in New York City, San Francisco and other large cities, offering free stress tests with their e-meters as a way to sell books and promote the organization.
She has tracked literature published by Scientology missions and centers for several years and believes there are a little more than 100,000 members worldwide.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/05205/542895.stm   (1387 words)

 The Church of Scientology
The Scientology religion is an expanding new religion, founded by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard.
The word Scientology means the “study of knowledge or truth” and addresses the rehabilitation and salvation of the human spirit.
Scientology, Dianetics and The Bridge are trademarks and service marks owned by Religious Technology Center.
www.religioustolerance.org /scientol.htm   (178 words)

 The Human Face of Scientology
Scientology itself faced felony charges of practicing medicine without a license and abuse or neglect of a disabled adult in the case of Lisa McPherson.
Scientology tried to frame Clearwater mayor Gabe Cazares in a staged hit-and-run accident and conducted a series of covert operations against him
Whether you share that concern or not, please remember that everyone involved in the Scientology controversy is a human being.
www.scientology-lies.com /humanface.html   (677 words)

 Google versus Church, round 3 - Scientology critics again claim Google censorship, this time through Adwords program - ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Further analysis of the Scientology document revealed that the trademark violations in the complaint were actually outside the purview of DMCA regulations.
In a related development, Scientology critics are claiming that the Church of Scientology has successfully lobbied to remove Xenu from the Yahoo directory.
One issue that's particularly controversial for the critics is the ambiguity around the Google Adword policy itself.
www.microcontentnews.com /articles/googleround3.htm   (1794 words)

 Martin Ottmann Affidavit in Support of a Citizen Complaint - December 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
In 1993 I went back to school and due to the public controversy in Germany surrounding Scientology I became interested in the subject again and began collecting documents about it.
In the spring of 1996 I was asked by an ex-Scientologist to give testimony about my personal experiences with Scientology for a civil suit in California ("Steven Fishman and Uwe Geertz vs. Church of Scientology International et al," Superior Court of the State of California, BC 122468).
Through the year 1997 I continued to make different aspects of Scientology publicly known, mostly through the Internet discussion-group "alt.religion.scientology" and at the end of that year and in March of 1998 I participated in two demonstrations against Scientology in Clearwater and Los Angeles.
www.whyaretheydead.net /krasel/ottman_html/02.htm   (854 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The TooCool folks somehow were not aware of the controversy between Scientology and the Net, or else did not realize that Dianetics was part of Scientology.
I told them about the controversy, and suggested that they link to one or more of the anti-Scientology pages as well, to provide some balance to their readers.
As a result of the controversy, TooCool then decided to withdraw the award altogether, and a blank space temporarily replaced their March 23 selection.
thingy.apana.org.au /~fjc/scn/TooCool   (605 words)

 The Irish Trojan's Blog - Comments on More Scientology controversy
Obviously Cruise and Scientology are operating at greater level of visibility.
However, legally speaking, since Scientology is a recognized religion (don’t ask me why), I imagine it would have the same protections as Jehovah’s Witnesses or Christian Scientists when it comes to this kind of lawsuit.
You know, if you walk into a scientology house, or whatever you’d call it, they are actually very adamant that they are not a religion.
www.brendanloy.com /?comments_popup=21567   (862 words)

 Spendy dating service has Scientology ties - Gossip: The Scoop - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
John Travolta and Kelly Preston are two of Scientology's celebrity members.
Scientology, whose members include such happy couples as John Travolta and Kelly Preston, reportedly has ties to a dating service called Affinity International.
A spokeswoman for Scientology in the U.S. tells the Scoop that she has never heard of Affinity International, or of a group called Affinity Exchange that has operated in the U.S. and other countries, touting itself as a dating service catering to followers of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/3679462   (555 words)

 wcco.com - Controversy Surrounds Scientology And Kabbalah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
"Scientology is perhaps unique among religions in that we don't have a specific pattern or doctrine of worship," said Minister Brian Fesler with the Church of Scientology.
The goal of Scientology is to become "clear", meaning to erase the part of your mind that stores painful experiences of your past so that those memories don't influence your future decisions.
Aside from charging what some say are shockingly high fees for courses, the root of the controversy surrounding the Kabbalah Centre is whether someone, like Madonna who is not Jewish, can effectively study the Kabbalah.
wcco.com /topstories/local_story_327092957.html   (608 words)

 Laura's Space
Over at Microcontent News, John Hiler provides a very detailed examination of the current Google versus Scientology controversy, which has the online world watching the search engine's every move.
Now it doesn't, because Scientology is claiming copyright violations under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The Church of Scientology is up to their old tricks.
radio.weblogs.com /0104926/categories/copyright   (453 words)

 Scientology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Scientology is slammed in court as 'evil cult'
Controversial Church of Scientology under gun in Belgium
Controversial organization incites unrest in the camp of its opposition
www.rickross.com /groups/scientology.html   (1840 words)

 The Church of Scientology vs. anon.penet.fi
The Church of Scientology has made two separate legal attacks on the confidentiality of user names on the popular Finnish anonymous remailer anon.penet.fi -- once in 1995, and again in 1996.
Pages 2 through 6 of these documents are a letter from a Church of Scientology lawyer to the Finnish police; you'll notice several references to Scientology's notorious private investigator Eugene Ingram.
In the spring of 1996, Scientology sued Grady Ward and subjected him to nearly 11 hours of deposition by Scientology attorneys.
www2.thecia.net /users/rnewman/scientology/anon/penet.html   (993 words)

 CNN.com - 'South Park' premiere draws big audience - Mar 24, 2006   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Last week's spat that pitted "South Park" against Scientology and Isaac Hayes, with a rumored dollop of Tom Cruise stirred in, led Wednesday night to the animated series' highest-rated season premiere since 2002, according to a Comedy Central spokesman.
In the episode, the first of the series' 10th season, Isaac Hayes' Chef character was brainwashed by the "Super Adventure Club" and then apparently killed off.
A rerun of that episode, called "Trapped in the Closet," was then yanked off the air without notice last week, resulting in rumors that Cruise made demands to pull it.
www.cnn.com /2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/03/24/tv.southpark.ap   (359 words)

 Scientology and Anti-Scientology
Scientology Kills : The key slogan of Scientology critics
Scientology Kids : Scientology critics support to discrimination towards Scientology parents
It is created by a Scientology EX-MEMBER who is critical of Scientology.
bernie.cncfamily.com /ars.htm   (537 words)

 Operation Clambake present: Alt.Religion.Scientology Week In Review
At issue is her taking money from Scientology Inc. - and then taking taxpayer money and handing it over to Scientology under the guise of their thoroughly dubious treatment.
Lopez could have spent five minutes on the Internet doing her homework to find out about Scientology, that it was contrived by a science-fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard who was a dope addict and alcoholic with no medical credentials or background.
It was only in the past year or so that Scientology and Arnie Lerma have gotten reacquainted, and this time Lerma has a different view of the church: He considers it a dangerous cult, a corrupt organization dedicated to brainwashing its followers.
www.clambake.org /archive/WIR/wir09-33.html   (1961 words)

 Ex-scientologists speak -- Gerry Armstrong
is widely known; i.e, it is a public controversy.
Scientology has itself published a small paper mountain of fl PR about me, and continues to fl PR me.
Scientology claims to be a religion, and organized for strictly
www.xenu.net /entheta/entheta/1stpersn/gerry/1997-007.html?FACTNet   (688 words)

 Jack Myers Media Village: MediaVillage Readers Were Tuned Into South Park Scientology Controversy
The controversy intensified after Comedy Central pulled a scheduled repeat of the problematic episode last Wednesday.
This delayed controversy should come as no surprise to anyone who saw the episode -- or to MediaVillage readers who read all about it on November 29, 2005.
As the story progressed they also presented an animated version of a story that has come to be known (at least by outsiders) as the base of Scientology.
www.mediavillage.com /jmentr/2006/03/18/jmer-03-18-06   (1293 words)

 Operation Clambake presents: The Radio & TV Vault
These are tragic accounts and reports on what Scientology is, reported by brave journalists, experts and former members who believe people deserve to know the truth.
The name and concept behind FRT is similar to the United Churches of Florida pseudonym used by Scientology in the early 70's.
Robert Vaughn Young appears as a spokesman for Scientology to refute the claim being made by Ron D. Wolfe (L. Ron Hubbard Jr.) that his dad was dead.
www.xenu.net /archive/media/Vault   (1091 words)

 Google pulls anti-Scientology links | CNET News.com
Digital rights advocates said the Church of Scientology's takedown request is noteworthy because it underscores potential conflicts between the DMCA and free speech.
On his site, Heldal-Lund defends this use of copyrighted material, saying that he believes Scientology survives "through the protection afforded it by copyright laws in a way that copyright laws were not designed to address."
A representative for the Church of Scientology could not be immediately reached for comment.
news.com.com /2100-1023-865936.html   (965 words)

 Jack Myers Media Village: Tom Cruise Show: Summer's Best TV
It is not unreasonable to assume that his ferocity is fueled by his experiences with Scientology, though only Cruise knows for sure.
The thetans remained here and have moved from human to human through the millennia, causing all kinds of trouble for their hosts, meaning all of us.
The only people who can give clear, honest, direct answers to these questions are officials within the Church of Scientology, perhaps in tandem with the Church's most high profile supporter.
www.mediavillage.com /jmentr/2005/06/28/jmer-06-28-05   (1276 words)

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